retail Tiffin

Tiffin native returns with clothing store Kesler and Co.

New retailer opening in mid-August

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 7, 2020 – After having left the area for 14 years, Tiffin native Chelsea Lonsway is returning to Seneca County and opening a business in Downtown Tiffin, Kesler and Co., in mid-August. The new clothing store, at 184 S. Washington St., specializes in women’s clothing for all body types, with styles ranging from comfortable lounge wear to boho-chic for a night out on the town. Lonsway’s focus has been on body positivity and ensuring each individual customer feels confident and enough in their own skin.

Lonsway had been living in Michigan and has been selling clothing primarily online for four years in her close-knit community on Facebook. She said she is looking forward to interacting directly with customers in the store and to build on her relationships with the clients she already has in Tiffin. 

“It’s been a dream of mine to have a storefront, and now that I’m moving back home, it just seemed like the right time,” Lonsway said. “Tiffin’s downtown is really flourishing, so I’m excited to integrate into the business community here and engage with the city.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “It’s wonderful to see a new retailer coming to Downtown Tiffin. It’s also great to see someone return who is excited about bringing their talents to the community.”

Kesler and Co. recently became a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services. For more information and business hours, visit or find Kesler and Co. on Facebook.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Retail – recent projects and announcements

Pat Catans

Pat Catan’s received assistance from SIEDC with building permits

Growth in the retail sector across Tiffin has been exploding in recent months. Check out some of the projects either announced or completed (not including downtown Tiffin):

  • Arby’s: $160,000 invested.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: $3.2 million 6,600 square foot Stadia style restaurant with the creation of 60 – 65 new jobs.
  • Chipotle: Diverse Development of Holland, Ohio announced that Chipotle intends to open a store in the three retail facility.
  • Days Inn: Joins Wyndham Hotel Group’s leading global brand and invest $1.2 million to purchase, renovate and upgrade the property.
  • Diverse Development: $1.1 million dollar investment, new center with three retail spaces. Projected creation of 40 – 70 new jobs.
  • Domino’s: $400,000 investment and 20 new jobs created.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: $650,000 invested and 50 new jobs created.
  • Hampton Inn: $4.4 million invested and 15 jobs retained.
  • Jimmy John’s: new store to be built in Tiffin (under construction).
  • Kroger Expansion: $2.1 million invested 115 jobs retained.
  • Mr. Hero: $200,000 investment into the B & B Food Mart.
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts: $430,000 invested and 6 new jobs created.
  • Pat Catan’s: Opened up a 27,000 square foot store at the Westgate Shopping Center.
  • Passov Group: has construction underway on a 3,800 square foot, two-unit center.
  • Sabaidee Coffee House: Located next to Tiffin University, provides coffee, chai, tea and other iced and warm beverages.
  • Superior Auto: $300,000 invested and 8 new jobs created.

Another Man’s Treasure opens in downtown Tiffin

Amt outsidePartners Dave Underwood and Tony Weiner have announced the opening of their new second-hand shop, Another Man’s Treasure, at 20 East Market Street. The building is a mixed-use development featuring a retail store as well as three renovated apartments.

Underwood choose the Tiffin location because of his positive impression about the town. “Tiffin is a nice city, with nice people. It’s clean and people care about the community,” he said. The original concept was to be a second Splinter’s Cafe restaurant, modeled after the original Carey location. A few months ago, Underwood decided it made better business sense to redevelop the property for retail use.

Another Man’s Treasure features furniture, appliances, collectibles and antiques. There are items for everyone from antique collectors to college students, and Underwood and Weiner source their items at estate sales and auctions, finding bargains and fixing up items. “This is what I love to do,” Weiner said, “It’s like a treasure hunt.”

The pair also plans to expand the store in the future. In addition to the current store space, another room is being prepared as a show room, and there are plans to open up a boarded off garage door as a display window. There are also two warehouses in the back with a patio that they plan to use as an outdoor display space. Updates, including new paint, have already been made to the storefront, and further landscaping is planned.

The store is open from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, and the store can be contacted at 419.455.3146.

Pat Catan’s to open new retail store in Tiffin

Cleveland-based Visconsi Companies, Ltd. just announced late today that the Pat Catan’s Craft Centers will open a new 27,000 square foot store at the Westgate Shopping Center in Tiffin, Ohio. This is exciting news and is further confirmation of the retail momentum that Tiffin continues to see develop.

Here is Visconsi’s press release today – Pat Catan’s to Open Store at Westgate Shopping Center.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was thrilled by the news: “Retail is an important component of the quality of life here in Tiffin, and Pat Catan’s is a fantastic addition to our retail offerings on the west side.” Seneca Regional Chamber President & CEO John Detwiler likewise greeted the news with enthusiasm,”Our business base continues to strengthen. It’s great to see.” Seneca County Commission President Holly Stacy agreed, “We appreciate new businesses coming into our community. They bring jobs and keep retail sales and sales tax here in Seneca County.”

A slightly smaller store in Boardman, Ohio, which opened last year, is estimated by Manta to have $5 to $10 million in sales and employ 20 to 40 workers.

Started in 1954 by Cleveland-entrepreneur Pat Catan, the floral supplies store has blossomed into a full service craft retail business, offering everything from “floral decorations and wood turnings, along with art and jewelry making supplies.” Now, over 20 stores dot Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. The company also announced this month that they would open a new store in Monroe, Michigan. The closest store for Seneca County residents is located in Sandusky, Ohio, so this adds a much needed component to the community’s retail options.

This project is also a great positive for retail mall developer Visconsi, who developed the Westgate Shopping Center. Visconsi is now the fifth largest developer of shopping malls in the US, and Westgate is the anchor of Tiffin’s west side retail district, with almost 250,000 square feet of retail space. Other tenants include Kroger’s, TJ Willie’s, Peebles, Sears, Shoe Sensation, Sherwin Williams, Sally Beauty Supply, and many others.

Also on the city’s west side are the Tiffin Mall and Cinemark stadium-seating movie theatre. , the Wolf Creek Shopping Center, as well as numerous stand alone retailers including Lowe’s, Rural King, WalMart, ACE Hardware, several car dealers (Reineke Family of Dealerships, Coppus Motors, Baumann Chevrolet Buick GMC), and several dining options (Bob Evans, Asian Grill Buffet, Xcaret Mexican Restaurant, TJ Willie’s, etc.) New recent openings on Tiffin’s west side include Ag Credit, Superior Auto, JEM Network Consulting.




Visit to Ag Credit’s new Tiffin facility

2014_01_17 - Ag Credit BldgI had the opportunity to visit the new Ag Credit facility recently, which is right across the street from the new Superior Auto store. I had read the article in the Advertiser-Tribune from 11/30/2013 about the opening of the office, and I wanted to see it for myself. Jon Orians, Assistant Vice President for Ag Credit, gave me the grand tour and talked to me about Ag Credit and the 8 employees stationed at the Tiffin location.

Per the website, Ag Credit is a “a member-owned agricultural lending cooperative serving the needs of farmers, agribusinesses, and homeowners and buyers. We’re part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, created by Congress in 1916 to provide rural America with a dependable source of funding for agriculturally-related enterprises.” They cover 18 counties in northwest Ohio and have 15 locations. What I was impressed with was that they are doing about $1.4 billion per year in loans. 

Although they’ve been in the community for more than 30 years, they needed a bigger space, and this 5,000 square foot former church and original Cactus Steakhouse fit the bill, allowing them to create conference and training rooms that can accommodate up to 75 people. They purchased the building at 2500 W. Market for a quarter of $1M and then worked with local builder Clouse Construction to invest more into it than the purchase price. The result – a beautiful facility that continues the retail development momentum on the west side.2014_01_17 - Ag Credit Sign

Particularly noteworthy to me on this project was the City’s flexibility and business-friendly approach to signage, which made a big difference to Ag Credit. The Street, Sidewalk, and Sewer Committee approved the creation of a law which allowed Ag Credit to place a sign in the right of way. It is a clear demonstration that the City wants to roll out the red carpet for retailers and do whatever it takes to make it easier for them to establish new and better operations in the City. This, in addition to the sizable investment and renovation of Ag Credit, makes this a Seneca Success story.